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Gazette Premium Content Crystal Bridges to move NJ Wright house to NW Ark.

Associated Press Updated: January 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced Wednesday that it bought a New Jersey home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and plans to move it to northwest Arkansas.

Known as the Bachman Wilson House, the structure was commissioned in 1954 in Somerset County, N.J.

The museum said in a news release that the house, built along the Millstone River, had sustained significant flooding damage and the owners spent years looking for a buyer who would relocate the home to a suitable location.

Crystal Bridges plans to move the house to its 120-acre grounds near downtown Bentonville.

The museum was founded by Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, and opened in 2011.

"We're honored to be able to preserve and share this significant example of American architecture, as Frank Lloyd Wright's work embodies our own mission of celebrating art and nature," Crystal Bridges Executive Director Rod Bigelow said. "The Usonian concept was intended to provide access to architectural quality for all families, which melds well with our philosophy of welcoming all to view American masterworks in our natural setting."

The most recent owners of the home, Lawrence and Sharon Tarentino, restored the home using original construction documents from Wright's archive.

Crystal Bridges said the Tarentinos will supervise the dismantling and packing of the house and its furnishings. Lowell, Ark.-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. is to move the home to Bentonville at no charge.

Once reassembled on the museum grounds, Crystal Bridges says the house will be available for study and limited programming and tours.

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